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the seat allocation breaks down among the parties in the election. >>> u.s. government officials always closely monitor elections in japan. one spoke to nhk, saying they believe there's a possibility that the liberal democratic party could regain power. >>> meanwhile, japan's biggest neighbor has a demand for the next government. >> translator: what's urgently needed is that japan should take appropriate action to resolve existing problems and rebuild relations with china. >> analysts say chinese officials are waiting to see how the result of the election will affect ties between the countries. relations have been strained since the end of the summer when a long-standing dispute over islands in the east china sea flared up again. >>> the fate of some major economic and energy policies planned under the noda administration is now up in the air following the dissolution of the lower house. the diet won't be able to consider these policies until after a new administration is sworn in following the general election. noda's government decided last month to spend nearly $5 billion trying to g
politics forward using a down-to-earth approach. >> reporter: noda identified three top priorities for his administration -- reconstruction from the march, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, containment of the fukushima nuclear accident, and fiscal restructuring and economic growth. the new prime minister called on all main parties to tackle the issues together. noda's diplomacy focused on the japan/u.s. alliance. former prime minister hatoyama saw relations fray over the relocation of a u.s. base in okina okinawa. noda agreed with the u.s. to strengthen cooperation on bilateral security in the face of china's growing presence in the region. noda also made the controversial decision to restart nuclear reactors for the first time since fukushima. >> translator: i decided to restart nuclear reactors to protect people's way of life. >> reporter: dpj members who had supported noda criticized him. some even left the party. noda's biggest challenge was reforming japan's tax and social security systems. he publicly laid his political career on the line for this goal. influential party leaders strongly
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